ADMISSION: Free with Levi Strauss Community Free Day
Celebrate bookmakers of all ages at this special Family ArtBash Sunday, featuring a puppet show with Fratello Marionettes; the Ezra Jack Keats Student Bookmaking Project awards ceremony; the San Francisco Public Library Book Mobile; and story time with Puppy Dog Tales.
Presented in partnership with San Francisco Public Library, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Blick Art Materials.
Make and design your own mini blue jean book using a variety of shapes, shades, and sizes of denim. Led by artist C.K. Itamura of Book Arts Roadshow.
Create a denim bookmark with the San Francisco Public Library to be given away along with free books at the annual Dia de Los Ninos, Dia del los Libros festival.
Tell your own unique story using art materials and your imagination.
Relax, read, or play in a quiet and less crowded space.
Play with our roving gallery guide and a collection of games, materials, and hands-on activities.
Explore the collection of books in the San Francisco Public Library's library on wheels!
Come see the enchanting collection of books created by San Francisco public school students, from kindergarten through grade 12.
Puppeteer Kevin Mengus brings the story of Peter and the Wolf to life with his hand-crafted marionettes.
Listen to a variety of children’s books, and meet the lovable canines from the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Puppy Dog Tales.
Join us in celebrating the participants in the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Project.
C.K. Itamura is the creative director of Phineas & Company, founder of the Book Arts Roadshow Project, and an artist member of The Center for Book Arts.
The mission of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is to bring the creative, multicultural spirit of Keats into children’s lives and literature with programs that support arts and literacy in public schools and libraries.
Fratello Marionettes, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been entertaining audiences around the world through the art of marionettes since 1989. The company continues the tradition of classic marionette performances. All of the puppets you see in their repertoire are conceptualized and built by the puppeteers themselves, with painstaking attention to detail.
From printed information to physical space, the Media and Accessible Design Lab (MAD Lab) at Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired specializes in making the visual world tactile, and turning inaccessible experiences into inclusive ones. Their team of designers and consultants specializes in braille, tactile maps, accessible venues and alternative media of many formats. Their overarching mission is to make visual information accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired.
San Francisco SPCA's Puppy Dog Tales (PDT) Reading Program promotes literacy in at-risk youth populations and works closely with school and library staff to foster a love of reading in children. Reading to an adult might seem overwhelming, so participants in this program read to therapy dogs. This helps make reading a sustained, individual activity that children eagerly anticipate.
The Green Bookmobile runs on twenty percent biodiesel and is specially equipped with four solar panels, Fantastic Vents for green air conditioning, skylights for natural light, sustainably-forested wood, a recycled-content carpet, and a hybrid generator that turns off when fully charged and back on when charge gets low. The Bookmobile has a special Green Stacks collection as well as a variety of juvenile, teen, and adult materials available to check out with a San Francisco Public Library card. The mobile library can circulate materials, create library cards, and provide the public with information about library services and programs.
The CJM strives for a welcoming environment for all of our visitors. In addition to ample space for wheelchairs and a friendly environment for service animals, sign language interpretation (ASL) can be scheduled for all programs with at least two weeks notice.
FM assistive listening devices (ALDs) for sound enhancement are available for all talks and tours. Please note that we would like to maintain this as a scent-free environment, and encourage visitors to refrain from using scented products out of respect for visitors with allergies or chemical sensitivities. For additional accommodation requests, please contact The CJM’s Access and Community Engagement Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.655.7856.
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Levi Strauss Community Free Day is made possible by generous support from Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
Family Programs are made possible by major support from Bank of America. Additional support is provided by Blick Art Materials.
Support for the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition is provided by The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, The Ullendorff Memorial Foundation, and Blick Art Materials and is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco Public Library.